The Top 24 face their first mystery box challenge of the season, during which they must cook dishes using ingredients that start with each letter of the alphabet. The winner receives a huge advantage in the elimination challenge. Later, the contestants must prove their technical skills as they are tasked with crafting a French classic—fruit tart. Then, it is up to the judges to decide who stays and who goes home.
In the Season 6 premiere, 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete. The junior home cooks are split up into two groups—girls and boys, and all 20 girls are tasked with making a flawless medium-rare filet mignon dish.